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The Italian shipyard has signed a memorandum of agreement with Princess Cruises, a brand of the Carnival Corporation, for the construction of two GT 175k cruise vessels, the largest to be built in Italy ever.
Each of the newbuilds, to be delivered in late 2023 and in spring 2025 by the Monfalcone yard, will be able to accommodate up to 4,300 guests. The ships will have dual-fuel engines, suitable for running on liquefied natural gas (LNG).
"This revolutionary platform for next-generation, LNG-powered cruise ships will introduce innovative design and leisure experiences driven by the future vacation and lifestyle trends of our guests - further evolving the already best-in-class Princess Cruises experience we deliver today. We look forward to collaborating with Fincantieri to bring our vision for this next- generation premium cruise ship into service," Jan Swartz, President, Princess Cruises, said.
Giuseppe Bono, CEO, Fincantieri, added, "We are proud to further extend our long-established partnership with Princess Cruises, a brand we are indeed tied to since our comeback to the cruise ship industry in 1990. After so many years, we are getting ready to enter, together, into a new era of our industry, increasingly aimed at reducing environmental impact. We proudly do this with an all-time record project, both in terms of size and technological level."
Fincantieri has delivered 85 cruise ships since 1990, of which 65 were for different brands of the Carnival Corporation. At present, Fincantier has 49 units in its order/agreement book that are either in the design phase or already under construction.